Under legislation, a call out of Reserves can be initiated in response to a range of situations, as set out in the Defence Act 1903, including in emergencies such as civil aid, humanitarian assistance, medical or civil emergency or disaster relief.
In the event of a call out, Defence would ensure the many Reservists around Australia employed by emergency response agencies or volunteer organisations, such as the State Emergency Service or Rural Fire Service, would be exempt from the call out if the organisation to which they work or volunteer is responding to a disaster event.
This service is protected under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001, and employers must release their employees from their civilian employment without being compelled to use any type of paid or unpaid leave during the period of service.
Current reserve call out orders:
There are currently no reserve call out orders in force.
Operation CIVIL ASSIST 2020 is a notional call out activity in preparation for the high risk weather season and will be in effect from 14 to 29 October 2020 and is anticipated to include up to 50 reservists. The reserve call out order is notional only and those reservists who have volunteered to participate in the validation activity have already been identified.
Recent call out orders include:
Operation CIVIL ASSIST 2019-2020 was in effect from 28 November until 7 December 2019 and included 23 reservists.
Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST 2019-2020 was in in effect from 4 January until 7 February 2020.
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